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  • Ep. 3 (Mo-Joe: An 18-Week Marathon Training Diary)

  • By: Mo Farah, Joe Wicks, George Lamb
  • Narrated by: Mo Farah, Joe Wicks, George Lamb
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah and Body Coach Joe Wicks lend their advice, expertise and moral support to George Lamb as he trains for the 2018 London Marathon. This blood, sweat and tears journey follows George as he transforms from couch potato to long-distance athlete in just 17 short weeks. Packed with entertaining anecdotes and essential training tips, this series gives budding runners all the help they need when it comes to getting marathon fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure I could train without it!

  • By S Plateau on 30-01-18

Not sure I could train without it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-18

This is such a helpful training diary. It's given me loads of great tips on diet, running shoes and training sessions to do. I'm training to do the marathon and have really struggled with motivation to get up and do my long runs - this has really helped with that and hearing George going through the same thing makes me feel less alone! I listen to this whilst running to work which is a really good distraction, the only problem is I wish it came out more than once a week!

The celebrity guests are really high profile and hearing their marathon stories is really encouraging and a huge motivational factor.

I'd encourage anyone who is training to do a marathon to listen to this!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Austen's best work brought to life

  • By S Plateau on 31-07-17

Austen's best work brought to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-17

Northanger Abbey is often overshadowed by Jane Austen's other greats such as Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. However I think that it is some of her best work, bringing just the right amount of drama, romance and heartache into a brilliant story.

The cast is absolutely fantastic, with once again the amazing Emma Thompson perfectly capturing Austen's dry sense of humour and wit within the text. Ella Purnell really brings to life the innocence and naivety of Catherine and Jeremy Irvine makes Henry a lovable bachelor.

I'd highly recommend this to anyone, it's a really enjoyable listen with a great cast to match.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Little Deaths

  • By: Emma Flint
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York, shimmer in a heat wave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping listen from start to finish!

  • By S Plateau on 10-03-17

A gripping listen from start to finish!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-17

This was a really great listen that kept me gripped all the way to the end! The contrast between Ruth being heartbroken for her children's deaths set against the prejudice and misogynist opinions of the police force is done really well and makes you realise the struggle women had (and often still do) back in the 60's for being independent, wearing certain outfits or having relationships with men out of wedlock.

We are told right at the beginning that Ruth went to prison for deaths of her children and therefore the books focus is about how the police came to convict her. I think the real questions this book makes you ask if what was Ruth really on trial for in the end? The murder of her children or her behaviour as a woman deemed inappropriate by a world run by men.

It was such a fascinating listen and the dual narration of the book between Ruth and the Journalist covering the story worked perfectly. I would highly recommend!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • By: M L Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681

The crying persisted. The door of the lighthouse clanged in the distance, and Tom's tall frame appeared on the gallery as he scanned the island with the binoculars. 'Izzy!' he yelled, 'a boat!' He vanished and re-emerged at ground level. 'It's a boat all right,' Tom declared. 'And – oh cripes! There's a bloke, but –' The figure was motionless, yet the cries still rang out. He hoisted out a woollen bundle: a woman's soft lavender cardigan wrapped around a tiny, screaming infant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love

  • By sue on 05-08-14

A heart wrenching story of love and desperation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-16

Any additional comments?

The Light Between Oceans is a heartbreaking story that captivates you from the very beginning. You really want to believe that Tom, who has been through so much in the war, will find happiness again and it seems that way when he meets the lovable Izzy. However when he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life, to do the right thing or to protect the only person he has ever loved, you know that soon tragedy and heartbreak will be upon them. This story stays with you long after the final chapter, making you question the fine lines between wrong and right and how so much can influence what you decide. This is such a captivating listen and I would certainly recommend this to anyone!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,100

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful audiobook!!

  • By Philip on 13-02-17

An incredible narration for a true classic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-16

What did you like most about Jane Eyre?

The narration was fantastic. Thandi really brought the book to life - I was completely immersed in the story from start to finish and was really sad when it was over.

What other book might you compare Jane Eyre to, and why?

I always think Jane Eyre is very similar to Wuthering Heights. The Brontes have an exceptional capability of capturing the passion of forbidden love with the anti heroes and really drawing you into the complex characters in their tales. Nothing is black and white, which keeps you guessing until the end.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Rochester declares his love for Jane! My heart skipped a beat, such a beautiful scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending is so beautiful and bitter sweet and Thandi's narration was incredibly moving. I couldn't stop crying!

Any additional comments?

This really is an amazing listen, I encourage anyone to download it, they won't be disappointed!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful